Swing, etc.

By JIM MACNIE  |  December 29, 2009

JAMES CARNEY GROUP | WAYS & MEANS | SONGLINES
Emotionally, it's pluralistic — lots of nuanced colors bubble up as
the Brooklyn pianist's mid-sized group puts its heart into these carefully wrought tunes. That makes up for the lack of traditionally defined solos. Carney would rather have members of his team waft in and out of the arrangements, throwing a log on the fire before being on their way. Even when they saunter, there's a mysterious momentum afoot.

STEVE KUHN | MOSTLY COLTRANE | ECM
Celebrating the great ones isn't anything new — jazz is awash in repertory projects. But doing it with a deep spirit that is bolstered by a radical intragroup rapport is forever laudable. The breadth of Trane's tunes addressed by the pianist and his front line partner Joe Lovano reminds us just how extensive the icon's reach was. Right this way for bop, ballads, and bluster.


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JOSHUA REDMAN | COMPASS | NONESUCH

CHARLES TOLLIVER BIG BAND | EMPEROR MARCH — LIVE AT THE BLUE NOTE | HALF NOTE

MATT WILSON | THAT'S GONNA LEAVE A MARK | PALMETTO

TONY MALABY | PALOMA RECIO | NEW WORLD

HENRY THREADGILL'S ZOOID | THIS BRINGS US TO, VOL. 1 | PI

MIGUEL ZENON | ESTA PLENA | MARSALIS MUSIC

JOE LOVANO | US FIVE | BLUE NOTE

JIM HALL & BILL FRISELL | HEMISPHERES | ARTIST SHARE

WADADA LEO SMITH | SPIRITUAL DIMENSIONS | CUNEIFORM

KURT ROSENWINKELSTANDARDS TRIO | REFLECTIONS | WOMMUSIC

FRED HIRSCH | FRED HERSCH PLAYS JOBIM | SUNNYSIDE

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